DebMed Blog: Healthcare Hygiene Matters

Hand Hygiene: Your Entrance Door to Safer, More Effective Interdisciplinary Care Across the Continuum

Posted by DebMed on Apr 30, 2015 9:30:00 AM

May 5 is the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) annual Save Lives: Clean Your Hands Day. It’s a time for healthcare professionals to reflect on the impact of hand hygiene compliance on care quality and outcomes. This year’s theme as designated by the WHO is: Strengthening healthcare systems and delivery – hand hygiene is your entrance door.

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Topics: hand hygiene, WHO, World Health Organization, May 5th

Don’t Let Germs Become “Out of Sight, Out of Mind”

Posted by DebMed on Mar 26, 2015 2:52:14 PM

The healthcare arena is typically the area where the importance of hand hygiene is being publicly stressed, mainly because proper hand hygiene is one of the most successful deterrents to the spread of germs and fighting many illnesses.

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Topics: hand hygiene, World Health Organization, germs

It’s Time for a Renewed Focus on Hand Hygiene Compliance

Posted by Heather McLarney on Feb 12, 2015 9:30:00 AM

This is the first of a five-part series that covers best practices for driving effective hand hygiene compliance. The series will discuss the impact product and behavior drivers have on compliance, including: key considerations of hand sanitizer (wet time, coverage and efficacy); the importance of product availability, location and ease of use; the critical role of educating staff on why, when and how to clean hands; and the role that monitoring and feedback plays in improving staff compliance.

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Topics: hand hygiene, 5 Moments, WHO, healthcare-associated infections, patient safety, World Health Organization, infection control, HAIs, hand hygiene compliance

A Comparison of Hand Hygiene Standards

Posted by Heather McLarney on Jan 15, 2015 2:52:00 PM

All healthcare organizations are aware of the necessity for proper hand hygiene. Some adhere to World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, while others follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). How do the two standards compare?Slide1

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Topics: CDC, hand hygiene, WHO's Five Moments for Hand Hygiene, World Health Organization, infection control

Physicians on the Front Lines: Where technology can help to make the clean hand the winning hand

Posted by Geeta Nayyar on Oct 22, 2014 4:37:00 PM

As a physician, technology geek and mother, I find it perplexing that one area of healthcare that has not yet been penetrated by electronic devices is hand hygiene. Especially today, when it seems every few months a new virus is being combatted such as the enterovirus, currently spreading in schools. Not to mention the recent Ebola virus threat.

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Topics: IIPW, hand hygiene, 5 Moments, infection prevention, technology, WHO, electronic monitoring, International Infection Prevention Week, clean hands, healthcare-associated infections, electronic devices, compliance, WHO's Five Moments for Hand Hygiene, World Health Organization

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